Local Business Owner, Attorney, and Veteran

Chad is originally from Southern Illinois – his father is a retired farmer, and his mother is a retired teacher/principal.

The U.S. Army paid for Chad to go to college and eventually brought him to Texas in 1999, where Chad first served at Fort Sam Houston and, later, traveled overseas to Hungary and Bosnia. After completing his tour, Chad was honorably discharged as a combat veteran, and he attended law school at Texas Tech School of Law, where he graduated with honors.

Chad opened his law firm in Oak Cliff in 2010 and has won numerous awards for his legal advocacy.  He is a four-time D Magazine “Best Lawyer”, an eight-year “Readers Choice Awardee” for the Dallas Voice, a five-year selectee as “Rising Star” for Texas Super Lawyers, and he was selected as the 2012 Dallas Association of Young Lawyers – Outstanding Lawyer of the Year.

Chad and his partner, Brian, and their two children, Victoria and Preston, live in Stevens Park.  Chad is an avid runner, fantasy and science fiction reader, and Texas Tech football fan.

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Community Organizer and Fundraiser

  • Creekside Neighborhood Association. In 2017-18, Chad led the charge in creating a neighborhood assoc. for a crime-ridden, underrepresented sector of District 4, south of Christ for the Nations. Officer elections took place in 8/2018, and neighborhood leaders are doing great!
  • Dash for the Beads 5K & 10K. Chad co-founded this charity race, which is coming up on its 10th year in 2019. The race draws thousands of people to Oak Cliff yearly and has raised over $250,000 for local schools (for health, fitness, and nutrition- activities).
  • Last Bag Standing. Chad co-founded this two-year-running corn hole (beanbag toss) competition and fundraiser for PTO programs at Hogg, Peeler, Botello, and Bowie Elementary Schools, Garcia Middle, and Adamson H.S. It raised $5,000 in the first year, and $10,000 in 2018.
  • Halloween Costume and Bucket Drive for Kids. For 7 years, Chad’s firm has collected Halloween costumes and buckets for Oak Cliff kids in need. He collects around 750 masks and costumes each year that he gives out on Halloween.
  • School Supply Drive. Chad’s firm collected school supplies for teachers at Hogg and Peeler Elementary schools (3 years running for Hogg, and 1 year for Peeler).
  • Leadership Committee Co-Chair, Lambda Legal – Dallas (2010 – 2014). As Co-Chair, created the Landmark Dinner, an annual fundraising gala that raised over $200,000 in its first two years.
  • Toast to Life Co-Chair. Fundraising gala for Resource Center Dallas, which raised over $225,000 (2011).

City of Dallas Experience

Dallas City Plan Commission (CPC) (2017 – 2018)

  • Protected Neighborhoods.  Chad led the fight to deny four super-block plats in Oak Cliff, which would have destroyed the block patterns of single family neighborhoods.
  • Spurred Economic Development & Walkability.  Chad created Little Villages, three zoning cases that give property owners and neighborhoods the power to put zoning in place to protect their neighborhoods and properties and to create walkable uses that neighbors want.
  • Addressed City-Wide Housing Shortage.  Chad played key roles in advocating and drafting ordinances for Live-Work, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs, or Granny Flats), and Inclusionary Zoning, all of which are being used by the City of Dallas to create more rooftops for people of all incomes.

Bond Task Force, District 1 Representative (2012 and 2017).

  • Fought to secure bond funds for streets, Kidd Springs Park renovations, and trail expansions. Chad continues to work on expanding Coombs Creek Trail across Hampton, over to Davis, via Plymouth, with plans to eventually connect to Martin Weiss Rec Center.

Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, Board Member (2010 – 2014)

  • As a member of the Executive Board from 2012 – 2014, Chad served as Membership Services Co-Chair and was responsible for the Chamber’s annual Gala, Golf Tournament, and Membership Drive.

North Oak Cliff Greenspace (2017 – 2018)

  • Advocated and raised funds for improvements to Stevens Park Golf Course and for the expansion of Coombs Creek Trail across Hampton Road to encompass the El Tivoli neighborhood.